Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome: What is it?

Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome is a difficult part of kicking an addiction. It is one of the first challenges to healing, and often it can be the hardest. Withdrawal symptoms can arrive suddenly and be quite intense. These post-acute withdrawal symptoms can persist and pop up during the early stages of recovery and become a risk factor for possible relapse.


What Is Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome?

A medically supervised detox from benzodiazepines and other addictive substances can include a short phase of symptoms, many of which are physically uncomfortable. Acute withdrawal is this temporary phase of physical discomfort.


What Is The Difference Between Acute-Withdrawal and Post-acute Withdrawal Syndrome?

There are many potential physical symptoms of a post-acute withdrawal syndrome when undergoing detox from benzodiazepines. Acute withdrawal is the immediate effect of detox and is felt first. Such symptoms can include the following:

  • Muscle Aches
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Headaches
  • Nausea

The symptoms of acute withdrawal syndrome are the first wave of the detoxification process. The second wave consists of the post-acute withdrawal syndrome itself. The effects of post-acute withdrawal syndrome are a response of the brain to the breaking of addiction to benzodiazepines or other substances. These symptoms are more psychological than the physical characteristics of acute withdrawal, as post-acute withdrawal syndrome involves the brain’s chemical processes.

This phase may also occur later than expected when the post-acute withdrawal syndrome hits can be anywhere from weeks to months after beginning detoxification.

What Does Post-acute Withdrawal Have To Do With The Brain?

Post-acute withdrawal syndrome can vary in intensity but is a part of the human brain’s recovery from substance dependence, such as benzodiazepines. The usage of substances has chemical effects on the brain that cause the brain to expect these chemicals. Detoxing reduces the access of said chemicals to the brain, and as a response, the brain rewires itself and corrects the chemical imbalance.

Symptoms of Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

There are several potential symptoms of post-acute withdrawal syndrome, and it is essential to note that they are temporary. These symptoms are part of the healing process. These symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Issues with fine motor coordination
  • Foggy thinking/trouble remembering 
  • Anxiety or panic
  • Depression
  • Urges and cravings
  • Irritability or hostility
  • Sleep disturbances—insomnia or vivid dreams
  • Lack of initiative
  • Impaired ability to focus
  • Mood swings
  • Stress sensitivity

These are just some of the symptoms that have been associated with post-acute withdrawal syndrome. It is important to note that symptoms can vary from individual to individual. You can manage symptoms of post-acute withdrawal syndrome through working with an accredited benzodiazepine taper program. One such program with proven results is New Age Psychiatry’s program.

Addictive Nature of Benzodiazepines

Understanding the risk of Benzodiazepine addiction is essential. New Age Psychiatry has the resources and treatment plan to end this addiction cycle and manage post-acute withdrawal syndrome symptoms.

Benzodiazepines, sometimes called “benzos” and “downers,” are prescription drugs like Valium and Xanax that are abused with or without the person realizing that they have a problem. Benzodiazepines, when used appropriately, can be quite helpful in treating conditions, but they also carry risk and are generally prescribed with a great deal of caution. However, 5% of adult Americans have been prescribed these medications.

The harmful nature of benzodiazepine abuse can not be overstated. These commonly prescribed tranquilizers can have severe impacts on the lives of addicts and their families and can even contribute to deaths – such as accidents. They can also prove fatal when used with alcohol or other medications.

Abuse of Benzodiazepine can result in many symptoms that reflect the effect that Benzodiazepine can have on the body. Such signs of Benzodiazepine misuse include:

  • Breathing Difficulty
  • Confusion
  • Slurred Speech
  • Coordination Issues
  • Drowsiness
  • Weakness
  • Blurred Vision

Continued misuse of Benzodiazepine can lead to symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, anorexia, weakness, and headaches. Many of these symptoms are what a prescription for Benzodiazepine is supposed to treat.

New Age Psychiatry’s medically assisted Benzodiazepine taper program can help eliminate these symptoms and help manage post-acute withdrawal syndrome symptoms.

Benzodiazepine Counseling and Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

Withdrawal can be dangerous when not handled properly, as the withdrawal caused by tapering has its risks in the form of post-acute withdrawal syndrome. That is where professional help comes in.

New Age Psychiatry offers licensed and certified psychiatric services through virtual telehealth appointments within the state of Florida. Our medically assisted Benzodiazepine taper program can help end the cycle of Benzodiazepine addiction in your life and help you beat the challenges of post-acute withdrawal symptoms.

The New Age Psychiatry Difference

Because benzodiazepines can alter the brain’s chemistry so that your body feels you need it and will do anything to get it post-acute withdrawal system can be the most challenging part of breaking an addiction.

New Age Psychiatry can help you break free from the addiction cycle and help you manage those post-acute withdrawal symptoms. Our program can help you beat withdrawal symptoms that make quitting feel impossible.

New Age Psychiatry will work with you over months and provide you with weekly counseling – over the phone, for up to an hour. Every week, we work with you every step of the way slowly, from the comfort of your own home, with designated time to call and update us on what you need.

Taper Program Benefits

Our Benzodiazepine taper program carries multiple benefits to help break the addiction and kick the post-acute withdrawal syndrome symptoms. Our weekly counseling program sessions are designed to develop your coping skills to help you realize you do not need the Benzodiazepines to live your life. Our other benefits include:

  • Requests Completed Same or Next Business Day – Delays shouldn’t put on your health hold
  • Specialized Psychiatric Care & Counseling – Dedicated help devoted to your wellness
  • Out of Stock? Pharmacy Change Service Available – Get your medications where they are available
  • Secure Messaging and Text Available with Staff – Because if you need someone to talk to, we’ll be there
  • Low Rates Compared to Traditional Rushed Detox Programs – Breaking addiction shouldn’t break you financially

These benefits are just some of the ways New Age Psychiatry can help you take back control of your life from Benzodiazepine addiction and beat post-acute withdrawal. Our program is comprehensive and practical, and more convenient than traditional inpatient programs.

Program Details

We have made our program as affordable option as possible. Each month of the program is a flat charge of  $459.99, regardless of the duration of treatment. We offer treatment plans in several multi-month arrangements. Standard plans include a 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month program. There are also customizable options that fit your busy life – so do not hesitate to bring up your needs during the screening process.

The treatment program will consist of a Benzodiazepine taper schedule planned with your psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Our treatment schedule is not a stock schedule; we design our process around the severity of addiction and your active lifestyle. We offer a tailored program to your needs and your success. 

This program will also include one to two weekly counseling sessions to ensure you are on the best track. These sessions will help you beat the challenge of post-acute withdrawal syndrome.

Assistance and Availability

Your monthly rate includes one medication adjustment visit per month or medication refills. You can also contact the provider via the portal for medication adjustments under the provider’s discretion. This treatment plan is entirely virtual. Therapists are available Monday through Saturday from 5:00 to 9:00 pm for counseling sessions.

Other New Age Psychiatry Services

New Age Psychiatry is a modern mental health service in Florida that approaches addiction and other mental health issues with compassion and forward-thinking techniques. New Age Psychiatry offers certified psychiatric services through telehealth appointments in Florida. Some of the highlights of the New Age Psychiatry approach include:

  • Online Screening – We will begin with certified online screening to provide an overview of psychiatric care. We also offer a personalized, specific diagnosis through our psychiatric Telehealth services.
  • Diagnosis, Recovery, & Treatment – Our full range of comprehensive psychiatric telehealth services can aid in treating a multitude of psychiatric illnesses and assist in the recovery process
  • Telehealth Services – Our psychiatric telehealth services are available throughout the state of Florida and can assist you in psychiatric care through counseling and medication management

Ready to Start?

Are you ready to break the addiction cycle and leave the use of Benzodiazepines behind?  Do you want to regain control of your life? Don’t go through your struggles alone. Reach out to New Age Psychiatry today. Our medically assisted Benzodiazepine taper program can help you achieve all of this from the comfort of your own home.

Contact us on the web for a virtual appointment. If you would instead use email, you can reach us at or call us today at (877) 769-5206 for more information.